Department Staff

Mrs E Mills – Head of Careers
Mrs D Thomas – Outreach Officer

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It is part of the vision and mission of The Maplesden Noakes School that all learners receive careers education, information, advice and guidance that will enable them to choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and, to be able to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives. The careers department works to raise student aspirations and help strengthen their adaptability and resilience by delivering Career Focus Days, Outreach Activities and Work Experience, to support their learning and embed personal qualities and values that are attributed to career success and well-being.  Evidence of this is shown in 100% of our students progressing onto Further and Higher Education, training, employment or apprenticeships.

As students move through the school they will participate in:

  • A substantial programme of careers lessons
  • Focus days which include careers related activities
  • Careers related assemblies
  • Careers options day in Year 8
  • Work experience for a week in Year 10
  • Two day Employability Skills event in Year 11
  • Business Challenge in Year 12
  • Higher Education Exhibition in Year 12
  • UCAS and Post 18 Options days in Year 13
  • Invitation to university trips across all year groups
  • Access to individual careers guidance interviews

Maplesden has a full time Careers leader, Mrs Emma Mills.  Students can drop in to see them with any careers questions during any break or lunchtime, and they can also be contacted by e-mail using the link above or called on the normal school telephone number.

In July 2014 Maplesden Noakes achieved the prestigious ‘Investor in Careers’ award – a national quality standard for careers excellence in schools.   Investor in Careers is one of the highest accolades a school can receive in this area and is focused on improving opportunities awareness, raising aspirations and working to ensure that young people achieve their full potential.  We were delighted in July 2017 that our accreditation was renewed for a further three years, which is one of the highest accolades Maplesden can receive and of which we are very proud. Please visit the website for more information.

To read the Student Entitlement Statements for careers education, information, advice and guidance which give details year by year of the careers programme, click here.

The full Careers Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website. – Take the buzz test on to find out your personality animal type and the career areas that would suit you. Are you a dolphin or a teddy bear!? – Kudos matches careers to your likes and dislikes and provides a list of recommended career suggestions for you to research. – Want to find out about apprenticeships?  Use the apprenticeship website to register for vacancies and look up information. – The National Careers Service website sets out job profiles and groups jobs by type and is useful to find out what the job is like and the qualifications you need. – Here you will find information about Sixth Form and College courses in Kent, all important when researching your options in Year 11.  You will also use this website to make your applications online, track their progress and accept offers.

Year 10 Work Experience 2018

WEX Guide 2018

Employer Work Experience Placement Checklist

Parent Work Experience Permission Form